Friday 19 July 2013
Manchester City have completed their third signing of the summer with the capture of Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo.
"Everyone should be happy – it is a great deal for all three parties"
Jose Maria del Nido
The 27-year-old, who has followed fellow Spain international Jesus Navas from Sevilla to Man City and will wear the No 9 shirt next season, will join up with the squad at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. Fernandinho, from Shakhtar Donetsk, is other other acquisition.
Negredo has become one of the top strikers in the Spanish Liga, with 25 top-flight goals last season. A graduate of Rayo Vallecano’s youth academy, the 6ft 1in forward made only a handful of appearances for the third division club before Real Madrid took him across the Spanish capital in 2005.
Although the Madrid-born forward never played a first-team game for Real, he featured regularly for a B team which included Javi Garcia, Juan Mata and Alvaro Arbeloa.
Negredo spent two seasons in the Primera Liga at Almeria, where he scored 31 goals, prompting Sevilla to break their transfer record to acquire him. He repaid the Andalusian club with 69 goals in 139 appearances, and signed off with all four goals in his final match – a 4-3 victory over Valencia.
The striker has scored six goals in 14 appearances for Spain and helped the team to win UEFA Euro 2012.
Man City fans will hope to see Negredo in action in the Barclays Asia Trophy semi-final, when Mauricio Pellegrini's side take on South China at Hong Kong Stadium on 24 July. The 2011/12 Barclays Premier League champions will then take on Tottenham Hotspur or Spurs at the same venue on 27 July.
A limited number of tickets are still available for semi-finals day and can be bought here.